Police have warned people not to travel to Welsh beauty spots during the country’s coronavirus lockdown.
On December 20, Wales was placed in the highest level of lockdown – level four – with all but essential shops closed, and people being told to “stay home” to save lives.
Gyms, beauty salons and non-essential shops closed, while bars and restaurants are only open for takeaways.
People are also only allowed to travel for “essential reasons” and are not allowed to mix with anyone they do not live with, with only single person households allowed to form an exclusive support bubble with one other household.
These rules were relaxed on Christmas Day only.
North Wales Police posted on social media on Tuesday to say a large number of people have been visiting tourist spots such as Snowdonia over the last few days.
They warned ‘this is not essential travel’ and Welsh Government restrictions state exercise should start and finish at home and people should not be driving to such places.
The force said: “We have been conducting high vis patrols in our tourist hot spot areas and are aware that a large number of people have been visiting places such as Snowdonia over recent days.
“This is not essential travel.
“Wales is currently in Level 4 and the Welsh Government restrictions state that exercise should start and finish at your home – you should not be driving to these places, no matter how tempting.
“We know it’s difficult, but we urge you all to do everything you can to help prevent the spread of #Covid19.
“We are engaging and educating and where necessary will enforce restrictions. The majority of those spoken to today were compliant and understanding.
“Our patrols will continue, however please be mindful and understand that we are doing our best under difficult circumstances. Policing has not stopped and we cannot be everywhere.
“It’s up to all of us to do the right thing.”
On Monday, the Aberglaslyn Mountain Rescue Organisation (AMRO) also reiterated the Welsh Government rules by tweeting them.
This was after cars were seen parked at Pen-y-Pass and Ogwen Valley in Snowdonia, as day-trippers rushed to the see snow covered mountains.